Major Road Upgrades close to Completion


Upgrade of the 2.5km road running from Dongdok to the Tanmixay traffic lights in Vientiane is over 90 percent complete according to the project coordinator.

The official told Vientiane Times yesterday the project was now 90-92 percent complete and all the concreting had been done.

Work on the road began in October 2015 and was set for completion by the end of last month. The contractors now say that everything will be finished by the middle of August.

Streetlights and traffic signs are being installed and road markings painted.

Resurfacing of the Dongdok-Tanmixay road is projected to cost US$10.8 million (81 billion kip), funded by a soft loan from China.

The road is 28 metres wide and has six lanes, a median strip, sidewalks and a drainage system. Traffic lights have also been installed.

This road is one of the capital’s main access routes and carries a large volume of traffic, especially in the rush hour, as it is located close to several schools and the National University of Laos.

The upgrade should help to ease congestion in the city centre as the resurfaced road will be more widely used by vehicles travelling between the northern and southern provinces.

Meanwhile, the upgrade of a 12km stretch of Road No. 10 from Donnoun junction to Thangone village in Xaythany district is also nearly complete, with just a few small jobs remaining.

Project manager Mr Tingkham Sisavath said the work was 95 percent complete and he expected everything to be finished soon.

Work crews are currently cleaning the road and improving the Oudomphon-Nonsaengchan crossroads while the traffic lights at Nonsa-Art mar ket are already in place.

The road has been surfaced with concrete, pavements built, and traffic lights and streetlights installed. Other improvements include a drainage system and a median strip. There will also be public parking spaces and bus stops.

The project began in July 2013 and comes with a price tag of US$56 million (456 billion kip), funded upfront by the ThongphouphanOudomsin Road-Bridge Maintenance and Construction Co., Ltd. The government will reimburse the company after completion of the project.

The road has been widened from the previous 10 metres to 25 metres, of which 19 metres have been sealed.


Source: Vientiane Times